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May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Folio Tutorial

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May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Folio Tutorial Tuesday Video

Hello, Friends!  Wow, can you believe it’s time for our May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Tutorial?  Wasn’t it just St. Patrick’s Day 5 minutes ago?  Now Easter is behind us and we are getting into summertime territory!  Whoa!

I hope you all had a blessed and happy Easter Weekend.  Ours was jam packed with friends, food, and family…the best kind of celebration!  We had 15 family members here on Sunday, and the weather was glorious, so we were able to eat lunch on the deck and hang together on the screen porch until almost dark.  In fact, I had to whip up a quick batch of buttermilk biscuits to go with leftover ham and pimiento cheese for supper.  No one complained!

If you’re keeping up with this series, this is folio number 5.  But if you’re new to the blog, you can find the previous tutorials HERE.

Mom’s Favorite Gnome

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Once again, we follow the basic format for making the folio base.  The shaker element is a Reneabouquets Deco Heart Circle Frame filled with Mermaid Sparklets from Buttons Galore and More.  (Linked below)

Dress the frame up with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Powder and some colorful buttons from your stash.

A Peek Inside

You’ll find all the customary pockets, flaps and tuck-ins waiting for you inside.

It’s a very colorful folio this month!

If you’d like to follow along as I create the May Gnome of the Month folio, please enjoy this YouTube video tutorial.

OK, friends…that’s all for me today.  I need to go switch loads of laundry and put the tablecloths away until the next fun gathering.  I hope you all have a joyful and creative day!

Thanks for stopping by!




April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial

Photoplay April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to share our April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday.   If you’ve been following along, then you know this is the 4th installment in our “Gnome of the Month series.  Get ready for bright spring colors, Gnomes with Bunny Ears, pretty florals and fun antics from our favorite Gnomies.

Shaking Up the Basic Design

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The basic design for the folio is the same, but we change up the embellishments and trims to keep things fresh and fun.  Here’s how to make the shaker frame:

  • First, paint a Tim Holtz Lace Frame with off white chalk paint.
  • Next, spatter the frame with Distress Paints that match the color palette.  (Dried Marigold, Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Picked Raspberry.)
  • Wait for the paint to dry, then cover the back side of the frame with clear cardstock (acetate sheets.)
  • Then place 3 rows of 1/4″ foam tape around the back side of the frame.
  • Now cut the sentiment from the bottom of the bunny tag and back it with foam tape.
  • Next, adhere the bunny gnome tag to the folio base.  Top with sequins, beads and Reneabouquets candy bits (all listed below) then press the frame in place.

You can watch the video below to see the process.

These folios are great to make for birthdays, too!  Or substitute your favorite papers to use with the folio base to customize your design.

A Peek Inside

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The flap feature offers a perfect spot for a pocket.

Then you can make cute mini folios to tuck inside.

Use the calendar page to write in birthdays, holidays and special events.  Or, simply mount a photo over the calendar if desired.  The center pocket affords more room for photos and journaling.

April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make this April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio, please enjoy this easy to follow YouTube tutorial.


If you need materials to make this month’s folio, I’ve added a linked supply list below this post.

I hope I added some sunshine to your day today!

Thanks for stopping by!




Here Come the Easter Gnomes!

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Here Come the Easter Gnomes!

Hello, Friends!  I hope you are ready for a fun post with some  adorable Easter Gnomes, vibrant flowers and the March Ribbon Club from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Dress up the corners of your folio in its Easter best by adding twin bows tied from Pastel Vertical Stripe Ribbon.  Then top with some metallic string and spring flowers.

Green ribbon can be tricky to work with.  There are so many different shades.  But this Apple Taffeta is a perfect match for the springy greens in this paper collection.

Z-Folds, Flip Pages and Pockets

Just for fun, I created a Z-fold front for this 5 1/2″ square folio.  Score the card base the same as you would for an easel card.  But fold the right hand side of the front cover back toward the fold to make a Z-Fold. Now you have a sneaky little spot behind the front cover to add in a pocket and flap page.  How fun is that?

You can see the inside of the Z-Fold in this photo.  I  like the way the Z-Fold design allows the bow from the flap page to be seen on the cover. Can you spot the Gnome Easter Bunny?  Too funny!

Here’s the little folio fully opened.  I think it would be fun to write a message inside the calendar blocks…or even a secret code to be solved!

The center pocket provides a space for photos, tags, journal cards…even small treats!  Opening this fun folio is a little bit like going on your own personal Easter Egg hunt, isn’t it?

Have you started making your Easter cards and projects yet?  Easter comes late this year, so you still have plenty of time to dig into your paper stash and pair up with the pretty ribbons from this month’s club assortment.  But you’d better get hopping!

Now go make something beautiful!






Button Farm Club Gnomes Quarter 2 Release

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Button Farm Club Gnomes Quarter 2 Release!

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m bringing you the sunshine with the announcement of my Button Farm Club Quarter 2 Release.  If these whimsical little cuties don’t make you smile, then I don’t know what will!  This quarter we are celebrating all things spring. Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day take the spotlight.

This the 2nd of 4 quarterly folios to fit in the decorative storage box we built for the first quarter and  released in November.

These little fellas just get cuter and cuter!  Let me show you the fun that awaits you inside this 6×6 “made from scratch” folio.

The April Gnomes

Tulips, Easter Eggs and Gnomes dressed up in their finest spring attire are sure to lift your spirits.

And just like an Easter Egg Hunt, there are all kinds of sweet surprises built into the folio design.

Gnomes Love Mom

Fun flaps, flips and pockets give this folio loads of room to load in photos of mom.

And you can find May flowers everywhere you look!

June Belongs to Dad

I don’t know about you, but this adorable Gnome-mobile makes me grin from ear to ear!

The handy box pocket holds two mini folios as well as some mighty cute tags.

Here’s a peek at the folio when fully opened. It’s the same size and general design as the first quarter folio, but I made some significant improvements that make it easier to build, and more fun to make.

Year With My Gnomies Video Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to see these gnomes in action, please enjoy this short video tour on YouTube.

What Comes in the Kit?

Here’s what comes in this whimsical kit:

  • 15 double-sided 12×12 sheets of the Year With My Gnomies papers
  • 12×12 cardstock Sticker Sheet
  • 2 double-sided sheets of 12×12 color matched solids
  • 3 seasonal metallic charms
  • 6 lavender flowers
  • 3 shaped wooden buttons
  • 2 yards of hot pink Baker’s Twine
  • 5 sheets of 12×12 white cardstock
  • 3 sheets of 12×12 grocery bag cardstock
  • Full Color Basic Written Guide
  • Links to Private, step by step video tutorials with Kathy

The price for the kit is $37.99.  You can order it today at Button Farm Club, and it will ship out right away.

If you’d like to check out the 1st Quarter Kit, there are still some left in reserve.  The 1st Quarter Kit has the materials and instructions for building the storage box and the January-March Folio.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, my friends!  Wishing you a joyful and creative day!



March Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

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Make & Take Tuesday: March Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to share this March Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial for this week’s Make & Take Tuesday episode.  This is the second tutorial in this year-long series.  You can find the January and February Gnome of the Month tutorials HERE.

How cute is this Gnome Leprechaun?  (Lepregnome?  Gnomechaun?  Hmmmm…)  Bold shades of green, orange and white make this folio stand out from the crowd.

Somewhere along the line, I nabbed this green jeweled ladybug charm.  I could not resist adding it to the charm cluster along with the flower and shamrock charms.

Paint a Tim Holtz wooden frame with ivory chalk paint.  Then back it with clear cardstock, foam strips and fill it with magically delicious shaker elements to make a festive shaker frame for the cover.  I think the top hat and shamrock button add a lovely bit of flair to the design.

A Peek Inside

The format and design of the March folio follows the pattern for January and February.  This makes it very quick and easy to put together with the March papers and stickers.

And seriously…I dare you not to smile at these winsome gnomes!

Pockets, pockets and more pockets create lots of room for mini folios and tags.

You’ll learn how to create all these fun elements in the video tutorial below.

March Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to get your Irish on, just click play.  You might want to get in the habit of keeping a notebook and pencil by your side so you can write down all the measurements as we go along.

So that’s it for this episode of Make & Take Tuesday!  I hope you are enjoying this series.  If you’re making the folios along with me, please let me know in the comments below.  I’d love to hear how it’s going.

And, stay tuned for more gnomes!  All this week I’m working on the 2nd quarter installment of A Year with My Gnomies Boxed Folio series for The Button Farm Club!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





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